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Features, Columns, and Reviews

A selection of Electronic Musician articles by Steve O.

General Interest
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Making Music with Nature:
Bernie Krause Samples Life

This musical pioneer creates the world's fishiest music and hobnobs with gorillas.


Originally published in the May 1989 issue of EM.

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Holistic Studio Design

Only Steve O would apply structural-functional anthropology to studio design.

Originally published in the 1999 edition of EM's Personal Studio Buyer's Guide.
Live Performance
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No Strings Attached

Watch your guitarist's jaw drop when you lay down hot six-string parts with these guitar-emulation techniques for keyboard players.

Originally published in the February 1992 issue of EM as part of "War of the Worlds," a two-article special feature.

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Onstage Sound Tip Sheet

Optimize your stage rig and improve your band's sound with these tips from the road.

Originally published in the May 1990 issue of EM.
Power and Organization
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On Solid Ground

Turn your studio into a well-grounded, hum-free zone.

Originally published as a two-part article in the September and October 1992 issues of EM.
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Racking Your Brain

Pro system designers Bryan Bell and Ernie Bartschi reveal their racking strategies for mobile music rigs.

Originally published in the November 1994 issue of EM.

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Power Hitters

How to choose an AC power conditioner.

Originally published in the 1999 edition of EM's Personal Studio Buyer's Guide.
Ancient History
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Power for the Rest of Us

With the Power Macintosh, Apple introduced the PowerPC RISC chip, abandoning the 680x0-series CPUs used in all previous Macs.

Originally published in the May 1994 issue of EM.


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Apple System 7.0

This was one of the first articles about an OS that launched countless innovations we now take for granted.

Originally published in the January 1992 issue of EM.
My First EM Product Review!

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Oberheim Matrix-1000

This rack-mount programmable analog synthesizer is considered a classic.

Originally published in the November 1988 issue of EM.
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